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NORTH DAKOTA PRAIRIE

ndprairiebride.com

every bride’s guide

TO VENUES, GOWNS, FLORISTS, HONEYMOONS, PHOTOGRAPHERS AND MORE

YO U R FREE WEDDING PL A NNER


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Meiers Floral, Inc. ACCLAIMED WEDDING & EVENT FLORAL DESIGNS

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CONGRATULATIONS 4 Start Here 6 Cover Wedding: Francesca & Dustin 8 After Your Engagement 10 Engagement Photo Tips 11 Prepping for a Bridal Show 12 Your Personal Planner 14 Your Registry 15 Anniversary Gifts 45 Bride’s Advice 45 Emergency Kit Essentials 60 Planning Your Honeymoon 62 Services Directory 64 Wedding Wrap-Up 65 Wedding Planner FASHION & BEAUTY 18 Finding Your Gown 19 His Attire 20 Wedding-Day Beauty CEREMONY 24 Preparing for Forever 24 Symbols to Remember 26 Ceremony Readings

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DÉCOR & FLORAL 28 Rent the Scene 30 Guests Sign In 32 Breathtaking Blooms 32 Terms to Know RECEPTION 38 Reception Perfection 40 Welcome Your Guests CATERING 42 Booking Your Caterer 43 Sweet Selections TRANSPORT & ENTERTAINMENT 44 Find Your Ride 46 On the Mic 46 Questions to Ask 47 Photo Booth Fun REAL WEDDINGS 48 Samantha & Jason 49 Allison & Andrew 50 Shayla & Brennan 51 Ashley & Jason PHOTOGRAPHY 54 Find Your Style

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NORTH DAKOTA PRAIRIE

I am so excited to share this second issue with you! We have found some of North Dakota’s finest professional vendors and gorgeous weddings. This year, the magazine expanded into Minot and Williston; it has been great exploring new locations in my favorite state and meeting more amazing business owners. Believe me; the professionals in this issue are as hard of workers as you. These are trustworthy and passionate sources – use them to their finest potential. I know you will gain so much knowledge from the articles. Be sure to check out our flower section filled with tips and tricks on page 32; even I am enlightened! I know we all will be looking over the Real Weddings – the colors, her flowers, that dress…how it all comes together. Make sure to submit your wedding to me on Facebook or ndprairiebride.com, and it could be you featured next year! Don’t forget about the planning guide in the back starting on page 65! It’s like your own personal wedding assistant. I encourage you to plan your wedding as an expression of your love. Will you have a small country church, big ballroom reception, wheat field setting, or an urban scene? As long as it’s you – it will be perfect! Happy Planning

“My favorite moment of my wedding day was at the reception dinner,” said cover bride Francesca Skaare. “Sitting next to my husband, surrounded by people who love and support us, was an unforgettable feeling.”

Publisher and Owner Kat Weinert Editor In Chief Lisa DenHerder Assistant Editor Jenna Carda Creative Director John Edwards Senior Designer Chris Valencia General Manager David Schmalz Marketing Strategist Liz Sagaser Executive Assistant Kristen Begeman

Cover Bride Image Gabriel & Carin Photography For Ad Information: 701.928.0499 ndprairiebride@gmail.com ndprairiebride.com

© 2017 North Dakota Prairie Bride. All rights reserved. Reproduction of any part of this publication without the expressed consent of the publisher is prohibited. The information included in this publication is believed to be accurate at the time of publishing. Additional advertiser information, articles and more is available to you online at ndprairiebride.com.


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6 COVER WEDDING

GABRIEL & CARIN PHOTOGRAPHY FRANCESCA CHAPMAN & DUSTIN SKAARE

WEDDING PLANNER Styish Events

I RINGS Riddle’s Jewelry


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FR A N C E S C A

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Francesca and Dustin Skaare met at a friend’s BBQ and as Frankie says: “The rest is history!” She knew she wanted a short engagement to eliminate the opportunity for over-thinking. Ideas were gathered from countless sources, and vendors were contacted immediately to ensure the Skaare’s date would be secured. “Most of all, I wanted to get a dress that I loved,” said Francesca. “Luckily, I found it at the first store we went to!” On June 11, 2016, the big day arrived and the emotions began. “For most of the morning, up until walking down the aisle, I had that nervousexcited feeling,” Francesca reminisces. “There was just so much going on and I wanted to enjoy every minute of it.” The couple enjoyed their first married hours of their new chapter together eating, drinking and dancing the night away with family and friends. Worries of the windy North Dakota weather disappeared, and looking back, the reception was Francesca’s favorite memory – being surrounded by those they love. For brides planning their big day, Francesca has a few words of wisdom for you: expect that something will go wrong, and try to go with the flow when it does. “Our limo cancelled on us the day before the wedding, but we knew a friend who had an old-school bus. It turned out better in the end because we could fit even more people inside!”


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PHOTOSTUDIO BY ARLIEN DESIGN

You’re Engaged Now What?

FIRST STEPS OF PLANNING Tell your family and friends Make sure to see or call these VIPs before you post your news on social media. Size your ring If your ring wasn’t sized, call the jeweler and have it done as soon as possible. Book an engagement shoot Most photographers have packages that include engagement and wedding photos. Draft your guest list This will help determine what size of reception venue you will need. Set your budget Use our budget planning pages at the back of this guide to allocate your funds.

First of all, congratulations! Once the initial shock wears off, you’ll need to make a lot of decisions. Don’t worry! We are here to help. Before you start meeting with vendors and putting the little details together, there are key factors you will need to sort out. Here are a few places to start your wedding planning after your engagement.

CREATE A BUDGET Money will be a huge part of your celebration. To avoid racking up costs, know what professionals you need to make your wedding a success, and the limits of what you can spend on each.

DECIDE WHO PAYS If you will be receiving any assistance from family members, sit down and communicate about who will be paying for what. No matter who contributes to the wedding budget, the financial responsibility is ultimately the couple’s.

BE REALISTIC Allocate your funds accordingly and prioritize what is necessary for your celebration. If you aren’t sure which vendors you will need and how much to spend, check out the Budget Development sheet on page 69.

STICK TO YOUR NUMBERS It’s going to be hard! But the last thing you want is to add to your debt with wedding expenses. It will be a better start to married life without monetary worries.

Select your venue Have a few choices ready, and keep in mind – most places are booked a year in advance.

Be inspired Earmark these pages, use our website and follow our Pinterest boards to start narrowing down your wedding theme. Try on dresses The best part of wedding planning!

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Choose your wedding party You need help ensuring everything runs smoothly on the big day and leading up to it.


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TIPS FOR YOUR

Engagement photos will both capture this new adventure in your life and give you beautiful images to share in your announcement to family and friends. The engagement photo session gives you and your fiancé a chance to get to know your photographer and how he or she interacts with you before the wedding day. You will be more comfortable the day of the wedding knowing that all of your personalities blend. This can ease any tension and anxiety you may have on your big day. Your photographer also will get to know the two of you during this time. Do your eyes blink a lot? Do you need help in some posed shots? What angles look best for your facial expressions? This session will save time when creating a “timeless portrait” on your wedding day. Have a session that highlights your favorite thing to do together. Be creative, go do something you love and bring your photographer along with you.

KAT WEINERT PHOTOGRAPHY

Share Your Ideas Talk to your photographer about locations you would like to go to and your ideas. Maybe you would love to have more candid pictures taken in a coffee shop. The better you communicate about what you are looking for in your pictures, the more likely you’ll get it.

KAT WEINERT PHOTOGRAPHY

Engagement Photos

Look Amazing Bring several outfits so as to choose the clothes that go best with each background. Keep in mind: solids are great and look good next to almost any backdrop. Also, it is important for your clothes to complement and look good next to your fiancé’s, but try to avoid looking like twins. Have Fun Your engagement session should be stress free and relaxed. It is an experience to enjoy together. Bring Props Bringing your own fun props will give you something to do, and make your photos unique to you as a couple. When choosing your props, think of your style, the location of your shoot, your clothing changes and your wedding theme. You will want everything to flow nicely. TIP: Use your photos for engagement announcements, wedding invitations or to decorate your guest book and reception tables. Find more ideas at NDPrairieBride.com.


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Prepping for a Bridal Show Bridal fairs and expos offer a great opportunity to meet vendors in your area, hear about the latest trends and gather planning tips. Here are a few things to make the most of any event you attend.

CREATE AN EMAIL ADDRESS

PACK WATER AND SNACKS You may be at an event for several hours, and it’s tough to think about flowers (let alone catering) when you are dehydrated and hungry. If planning your wedding is a marathon, bridal shows are a sprint – fuel up accordingly.

Keep wedding-related bids, receipts and offers in one place without cluttering your personal inbox.

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He will be a big help when it comes to choosing which vendors you want to work with.

KNOW THE SHOW’S SCHEDULE

Many bridal shows include a fashion show and some include workshops or demonstrations.

BRING REUSABLE SHOPPING BAGS You’ll leave the fair with a pile of brochures, business cards and samples in hand.

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Your Personal Wedding Planner You may be super organized and creative, but when it comes time to walk down the aisle, all you will really want is to feel the love — not the stress. Consider these benefits of getting help from a wedding planner.

WHAT TO ASK: • Do you have our date available? • What made you want to be a wedding planner? • How long have you been in business? • How many weddings have you planned? • What are your pricing packages? • What do your services include? • Describe the most challenging wedding you’ve planned and how you handled the problems that came up. • Have you worked with the venue we’ve chosen? • If our event is outside, do you also help arrange an alternative plan? • Are we required to work only with vendors on your reccommended list? • Will you be present at our vendor meetings? • Will you invoice us for vendor fees, or do we handle that ourselves? • Will you provide us with a timeline of the wedding and a floor plan of the venue? • Is the wedding day rehearsal included in your fees? • Will you be onsite during our wedding? • How early do we need to book your services? • Are there any fees that won’t be included on your proposal? • What is your cancellation policy?

A planner can direct you to vendors who do amazing work, as well as steer you away from vendors who won’t meet your needs and level of service you deserve. They know industry standards – such as pricing and services for wedding vendors – and will work to ensure that you get what you need.

LEVEL OF SERVICE Decide beforehand how much help you think you’ll need. Full-service planners help design your overall concept and keep everything running smoothly. Wedding consultants will help get you on the right path and offer advice, while day-of planners will only be there to help the ceremony you have already planned.

HELP COMMUNICATE Your planner will be able to speak up during consultations with vendors and help you get the best options you are searching for. Likewise, they will be there to direct family and friends to help on the big day. The planner can also be the backbone in the conversation, saying, “No, she doesn’t like it. Let’s try something else.” [NDPB]

PHOTOSTUDIO BY ARLIEN DESIGN

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BEST INTERESTS IN MIND


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Your WeddingGift Registry

BED & BATH REGISTRY Flat & Fitted Sheets Blankets Comforter Set Towels Scale Hamper DÉCOR REGISTRY Vases Frames Lamps Electronics Furniture Wall Art OUTDOOR & TRAVEL REGISTRY Patio Set Grill Barbeque Set Luggage Camping Gear Honeymoon Funds

PHOTOSTUDIO BY ARLIEN DESIGN

KITCHEN REGISTRY Blender Stand Mixer Coffee Maker Slow Cooker Waffle Iron Silverware/Knives Cookeware

Registering for gifts is a great way to let your guests know what you want or truly need for the next chapter in your life together. It also helps cut down on the returns you will have to make after the wedding. Here are a few basic tips to help you through the process. Set up your registries soon after your engagement, as friends and family will look to it for gift-giving ideas for engagement parties and showers. At least one of your registries should allow online purchases for guests who do not live in the area. Before you register, spend some time with your fiancé thinking about items you could use the most – as well as the ones you already have. Plan on spending several hours cruising your favorite stores to pick out just the right items. Registering can be fun and create a nice break in the hectic wedding-planning process. Register for items at several stores and pricepoints so as to give your guests flexibility in shopping. Include items that you need for the kitchen, bedroom and bathroom, but don’t forget to include “want” items that you and your groom have always intended to purchase down the road. If there is a rule of thumb on wedding gifts, this is it: whether the gift is what you registered for or comes from the gift-givers attic, always, always say “Thank you.” (Even if you are planning to return the gift.) Show you care by promptly sending notes; try to have them in the mail within a month after your honeymoon. Make all notes personal, and write them together. After all, you are a married couple now.


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Anniversary Gifts Your anniversary is a chance to reflect on the commitment you made to each other on your wedding day, and to celebrate the spark you share year after year. Celebrate your love with a gift that recognizes your spouse’s unique interests, a fun game you can enjoy together – or embrace tradition. Anniversaries called for big celebrations in Victorian England – the most likely source of the traditional gifts still assigned to each year of marriage today. You may scratch your head at the notion of a paper, iron or wool-themed anniversary gift, but this list is an excellent start for creativity: write a beautiful love letter or buy concert tickets for your “paper” anniversary. Celebrate your second year of marriage, the “cotton anniversary,” with a romantic bedding upgrade. Whether you shower your love with diamonds (the 60th anniversary tradition) or simply enjoy a quiet candlelit dinner at home, take a moment to reflect on your years together and appreciate your spouse.

1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th 15th 20th 25th 30th 35th 40th 45th 50th 55th 60th

TRADITIONAL Paper Cotton Leather Fruit/Flowers Wood Candy/Iron Wool/Copper Bronze Willow/Pottery Aluminum/Tin Crystal China Silver Pearl Coral Ruby Sapphire Gold Emerald Diamond

MODERN Clocks China Crystal/Glass Appliances Silverware Wood Desk Sets Linens/Lace Leather Diamond Watches Platinum Silver Diamond Jade Ruby Sapphire Gold Emerald Diamond


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FASHION BEAUTY

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Choose Your Style Shopping Day His Attire Altered to Fit Bridal Beauty Do’s and Don’ts

CHIRSTY & LLOYD SUND GABRIEL & CARIN PHOTOGRAPHY


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SHOPPING DAY Have a price in mind. Don’t waste time trying on dresses out of your price range. You don’t want to fall for a gown you can’t afford. Also budget for your veil, lingerie, jewelry and shoes.

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Create your look. Based on your venues and your theme, create a style you want to achieve. Put those Pinterest boards to work and create a gallery.

Dress accordingly. Keep your make up light to keep the dresses clean. It also helps to have your hair similar to what you are looking for on your wedding day, too (up or down) for the full effect.

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e know shopping for your wedding attire is the most anticipated pre-wedding moment for brides, and grooms. But having so many choices makes it easy for a couple to get overwhelmed. Follow these tips for your shopping experience.

LOCAL ADVANTAGE No matter if you know the look and love a particular designer, or seem to be starting from scratch, it’s best to shop local. The staff at local bridal salons can help get you started trying styles on right away. These local professionals know their inventory and can personally assist you in this important dress purchase. Utilize their industry expertise to ensure selection of attire that’s right for you.

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Bring the extras. Make sure to bring any accessories you have already purchased to ensure the styles are cohesive. This includes heirloom jewelry, hair pieces and shoes.

RULES OF ENGAGEMENT

TIP Once you find “the dress”, stop looking! Have faith in your decision, and enjoy the peace of mind that finding the perfect gown brings.

Unless you plan for a twelve-month engagement, set a budget right away and start looking for your dress up to nine months before the wedding day. Some dress designers require six to eight months to produce a dress; others may be longer or even quicker, so be sure to ask.

COME TO TERMS

When you think about your photos, how do you describe the style of your wedding attire?


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FRENZ FOTOGRAPHY

Become familiar with the terms silhouettes and levels of formality to help you communicate the details of what you want. Have a budget in mind before you go, and be sure you understand the special order policy of the bridal salon. In most cases, when you order your attire it is a final sale.

YOUR GROOM’S STYLE The groom, like the bride, has the option of purchasing, renting or having wedding-day attire tailor made. If your work calls for it, purchasing a tux or a suit is a good investment and can be worn over and over again. Rented formal wear usually includes a jacket, vest, shirt, neckwear, cufflinks, pants and shoes. Feel free to have some fun with your attire. You can set yourself apart with a different vest and tie color, brightly colored socks, or shoes that show off your personality.

WHAT TO ASK: • How long should I expect my visit to last? • Are appointments one-on-one? • Can I schedule an appointment after hours? • How long does it take to order a bridal gown? • Do I have to take my gown home after I purchase it?

ALTERED TO FIT

• Are rental gowns available?

Play it safe and order a size that fits your current body – not the size you hope to be. You will likely need minor alterations in the bust, waist and hips, and is best done by a professional. If your wedding party lives out of town, have them measured by a local tailor and the details forwarded to your store. Be sure to check in with them periodically to ensure that everyone is on schedule with alterations. [NDPB]

• When do I need to start alterations? • Can you alter attire not purchased at your store? • Will you alter any brand of dress/suit? • How long does it take to order wedding party attire? • What should I do if my bridesmaids/ groomsmen are not local? • What happens if my bridesmaid finds out she’s pregnant?

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• Are any discounts available for the wedding party if we purchase the dress and/or suit at your store?  hat information do you need to rent •W tuxedos? • Is it possible to rent just a few parts of the tuxedo? • Do you accept returns? • What are your shipping options?


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Wedding-Day Beauty DO hire a professional hairstylist and makeup artist. They have the experience and tools to help you look your best. DON’T tweeze or wax brows the day of the ceremony. Instead, take care of hair removal a day or two before.

KAT WEINERT PHOTOGRAPHY

DO allot enough time for your beauty appointment. If you will be going to a salon, block out two or more slots to avoid being rushed. DON’T make any drastic changes to your looks right before the wedding. This includes your hair color, extreme tanning or chopping off all of your hair. DO bring a veil, headpiece and any other accessories to your hair consult. DON’T forget to schedule a trial run. Schedule it several months before the wedding day so you have ample time to work with your stylists.

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DO exfoliate your skin prior to the wedding to remove any dryness and errant flakes. Moisturize well to ensure a smooth palette for makeup application.

DON’T wash or condition hair the day of the wedding. Intricate styles tend to stay better when hair has a little grip. DO wear a little extra makeup than you are used to wearing because it will show up better in photos. However, do not wear so much that you look clownish. DON’T wear too much undereye concealer or one that is too light a shade. This can draw more attention to problem areas. DO experiment with any products you haven’t used recently to test for allergic reactions before the wedding. DON’T forget about your groom. Guys should use a new razor and plenty of cream before shaving to avoid irritation. A dusting of finishing powder can banish shiny noses and foreheads for photoready faces.


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Unity Symbols, Your Officiant, Ceremony Details Readings to Remember, Rent the Scene, Floral Designs


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UNITY SYMBOLS Wine Blend While the bride pours a white wine, the groom pours a red – making a unique blush wine that can be enjoyed after the wedding day. Sand Ceremony Two smaller vessels filled with different colored sand pour into a central vessel – blending the colors together.

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Cord of Three Strands The bride and groom braid three stands together symbolizing the union of God, husband and wife. While the couple is braiding, someone else reads the coordinating verse from Ecclesiastes 4:12: “Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.” A Box and Love Letters Place love letters into a box and nail it shut during the ceremony. When things get tough, open the box and read your love letters to each other.

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our ceremony is the start of something beautiful. It not only kicks off the biggest party of your life, once you say “I do,” but it also ignites a new adventure for you and your soon-to-be spouse – no matter how long you have been together. Here are some details to think about while planning the perfect beginning.

AVOID DISASTER Take religious restrictions seriously. To avoid any day-of disasters, be sure to meet with your officiant one to two months within getting engaged. Your ceremony venue may have a set of rules such as: premarital counseling, reciting written vows, attire and music restrictions.

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TIP Find more wedding preparation tips and ideas at NDPrairieBride online.

First, discuss your beliefs with your fiancé to ensure that the ceremony is meaningful to both of you. If you follow a particular faith, you and your partner may want to consider a religious ceremony in a house of worship, church or temple. The other option would be a civil ceremony (in accordance with state laws) that has a judge, justice of the peace, county clerk or officiant to solemnize your nuptials.


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GABRIEL & CARIN PHOTOGRAPHY

Once you both decide what kind of ceremony you would like to have, make a list and start meeting with officiants and pastors. Look for the perfect person to solemnize your wedding, making sure your personalities, values and beliefs blend well together. After deciding on your officiant, ask for help in creating the type of ceremony you would like to have – a service unique to you and your spouse. For instance, a casual, outdoor wedding might require different components than a formal, religious ceremony in a church. WHAT TO ASK: • Are you available on my wedding date? What time?

PREPARING FOR FOREVER

Your wedding preparations should also include preparing for a lifetime together. Premarital counseling and education has proven to significantly reduce the divorce rate (30-40%) and increase the quality of your intimate relationship. Boost your success not only for your wedding day, but also for all of your days ahead with a strong foundation. Get the most from premarital counseling with a program that covers effective communication, barriers in your relationship and successfully easing tension with conflict management. Counseling will also help you understand each of your histories and how to work with them towards health and healing. Work through money matters and leisure time, as well as sexuality and intimacy myths and truths. You’ll learn how

• How much do you charge? • Are there extra fees for travel? • How long have you been performing weddings? • What are your credentials? • How long is your average wedding ceremony? • Can we write our own vows? If so, will you help us create them? • Will you give a sermon or a speech? Can we see it beforehand? • Can you give us an overview of the service? • Do you have any restrictions we should know about? • Will you perform the ceremony outside? • Will you attend the rehearsal? • Will you be joining us at the reception? • What is expected of us in terms of pre-marital classes?

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• How many pre-wedding meetings will we have with you?


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to stay connected and achieve your marital expectations, dreams and goals together while communicating effectively. Premarital care strengthens your relationship by educating, preparing and investigating the needs and assets of the relationship. The process works to identify differences and gives tools for successfully relating to each other when the road gets a little bumpy. Although there may be hesitation at the beginning when mentioning counseling, it is a step in your wedding planning that you will be glad you chose to take part in.

VOWS THAT WOW

Your vows are not something that you recite and repeat at your ceremony. This is the most important promise you’ll ever make to each other, so it should reflect your feelings and beliefs. Traditional vows have been repeated for centuries and give some couples a sense of permanence after reciting them. An alternative is creating your own. Before you opt for this approach to vows, check with your officiant to see if they are okay with it. Once you’ve got the thumbs-up, begin by looking for inspiration and settling on a format and tone with your fiancé. Then, write it all out – including moments from your relationship and promises you will make to your partner for the new adventure ahead. [NDPB]

READINGS TO REMEMBER

Many couples choose to have a scripture passage or quotes read at their ceremony. Here are some ideas that are sure to leave your guests inspired. “But ‘God made them male and female’ from the beginning of creation. ‘This explains why a man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one.’ Since they are no longer two but one, let no one split apart what God has joined together.” Mark 10:6–9 (NLT) “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.” 1 Cor. 13:4–7 (NIV)

Blessing of the Hands These are the hands of your best friend, young and strong and full of love for you, that are holding yours on your wedding day, as you promise to love each other today, tomorrow, and forever. These are the hands that will work alongside yours, as together you build your future. These are the hands that will passionately love you and cherish you through the years, and with the slightest touch, will comfort you like no other. These are the hands that will hold you when fear or grief fills your mind. These are the hands that will countless times wipe the tears from your eyes; tears of sorrow, and tears of joy. These are the hands that will tenderly hold your children. These are the hands that will help you to hold your family as one. These are the hands that will give you strength when you need it. And lastly, these are the hands that even when wrinkled and aged, will still be reaching for yours, still giving you the same unspoken tenderness with just a touch. –author unknown


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THE OPTIONS The Basics • Chairs • Chair covers • Tables • Linens • Drinkware • Flatware • Drink fountain • Coffee percolator • Cake stand

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The Site • Tent • Dance floor • Lighting • Draping • Portable bar • A/V equipment

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The Décor • Centerpieces • Arches • Aisle runner • Backdrops • Garland • Candles • Greenery • Lanterns • Signage • Baskets The Details • Portable washroom • Ladders • Dolly / Carts

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eautifully decorated weddings require creative talent, many hours and an extensive inventory of items. Hiring a professional is a wise investment you won’t regret. Many brides underestimate what’s involved in the decorating process – the time researching, gathering the items, setting them up and then tearing them down. Décor professionals will help you to avoid the frustration of producing your dream wedding on your own.

YOUR RENTAL BUDGET The summer months (May through August) and early fall (September and October) are peak wedding months for many vendors. Prices could be higher and availability of certain products may be limited. Talk to your rental vendors six to nine months beforehand to book key products. Then, make your final tweaks three to four weeks before the big day.

TIP Rental vendors know which pieces will work well in which kinds of situations. Don’t be afraid to trust them!

NAME YOUR STYLE AND THEME A theme is usually a phrase like “vintage glam” or “rustic chic” that will sum up the overall feel of your wedding day. It’s important to select your theme along with colors and style before you get started, as it will extend to every detail of the day, including venue, attire, and more.


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GET CREATIVE

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This is your big day, and making your venue uniquely yours is important. A growing trend in many weddings is to post special messages to guests on chalkboards. These signs help to spread the word about where to sit, hashtags and where things are happening without having to make an announcement. Instead of trying to learn to chalk, hire an artist who creates gorgeous displays that your guests are sure to recognize.

RENT THE SCENE Some ceremony and reception sites will require that you rent equipment from an outside source, which can turn any setting into something spectacular. Be sure to have a guest-count estimate for the quantity of items you will need to reserve before talking to your vendor and be ready to place a deposit for your pieces. Many businesses will have a wide section of accessories to rent including arches, chair covers, aisle runners and more. Some vendors will have specific items like tables or portable restrooms.

WHAT TO ASK: • Do you have a list of products you offer? • Are you licensed and insured? • What gratuity and sales tax will be added to these fees? • When are the deposit and payment due? • What is the cancellation policy? • Do you have any referrals for vendors? • Do you provide site diagramming with your service? • Have you decorated/set up at my venue before?

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• What are your costs for delivery? Are there additional fees for special delivery requirements?

Once you have decided to work with a particular vendor, sign a detailed, written contract that covers all dates and times. Be aware of your responsibilities and your vendor’s duties for your wedding day, and reconfirm your arrangements several weeks before your wedding. [NDPB]

• Are you available to set up? What is the fee? • If outside, can you suggest a weather back-up plan? • Do you handle relevant permits if needed? • What is the return policy after our event? Is there a timeline? • What is our responsibilty for returning items?

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• What are the costs and details in case any items are lost or broken?


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Guests Sign In

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You will want to remember your wedding day forever, especially the special people with whom you have shared it. Unique sign-in ideas are sure to impress your guests, so don’t be surprised if most of the comments in your guestbook are about the guestbook itself!

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Gone are the days of traditional feathered pens and a lined book for remembering the family and friends who attended your wedding day. When you choose a creative alternative for your guestbook, it can be used as keepsake and even decoration in your home. From art to helpful tools for the future, the possibilities are endless. Gathering signatures on artwork is a memorable way to capture the names of guests. Thumbprint trees, signed photo canvases or quilts and even written names on a spinning globe or framed piece can adorn the walls and shelves in your future home. For practical sign-in options, think of things you will want after your wedding day. Having guests write tips and date night ideas to put in a jar will be helpful down the road. Some couples will have envelopes for guests to address their own thank yous. It will not only fill your address book, but also help with post-wedding tasks.

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TERMS TO KNOW Cascade A waterfall effect, where blooms spill from one hand-held base.

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Hand-Tied A larger bouquet of assorted flowers in a loosely gathered design.

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Nosegay This is a small, hand-held bouquet of fragrant flowers and foliage. Pageant Long-stemmed flowers the bride carries cradled in her arm.

Remembrance Bouquet in memory of a lost loved one or family member who may not be able to attend the wedding celebration.

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Boutonnières Small arrangements the men will wear.

fter you have secured a venue and know the theme of your wedding day, it’s time to book your florist. Flowers are more than a bouquet and boutonnière; they add personality to your event, bringing your celebration to the next level. Here are some of the details to pin down for a productive meeting.

KNOW YOUR STYLE Prepare for your floral consultation with a professional vendor by listing your chosen wedding color palette and special touches like monograms and themes you want to incorporate into your flowers. The atmosphere of the ceremony venue may have a big impact on your floral design (i.e.: rustic, modern, elegant).

WEDDING SIZE AND BUDGET

TIP Have one floral arrangement that breaks apart into three when thrown for your bouquet toss.

If you have no idea how to come up with a budget for flowers, then start out with 8-10% of the overall budget. You can always allocate more if you are using large quantities of flowers for aisles and centerpieces. Figuring out how many bouquets and boutonnières are needed for the bridal party, plus how many table arrangements you will need for guest seating, will also help to determine your floral budget allocation.

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Pomander A bloom-covered ball that is usually four to six inches in diameter and suspended from a ribbon.


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With that figure, your floral designer can guide you toward the types of flowers and designs that will help you to stay within or close to that amount. Keep in mind that most flowers can be ordered any time of year, but flowers and greenery that are in season will generally be a less-expensive option.

FLOWER TYPES AND VISUAL AIDS Are there any specific flowers or a design you know you like and just have to have? Bring in photos of the styles you like so as to help communicate your ideas. Not that you want an exact replica, but you may love one example for the shape of the bouquet, another for the type of flowers or the elements used, and yet another for the color scheme. Flowers are seasonal, so understand that what you want may not necessarily be a very costeffective option. Lastly, it’s a good idea to note any flower allergies that you or your groom might have and share them with the floral designer to avoid any untimely sneezes.

WHAT TO ASK: • Do you have my date open? • How many weddings or events will you schedule in the same day? • What flowers are in season for the month we’re getting married? • What can you suggest to tie in my bouquet with the boutonnières, bridesmaid flowers and centerpieces? • If I have a photo of a bouqet I like, are you able to recreate it? • Will you work with my cake designer if I decide to have flowers on my cake, too?

DESCRIPTIVE WORDS Along with the photos, decide on a few descriptive words to help express the style you have in mind. Try to use meaningful words like formal, vintage, rustic, casual and glam, while avoiding basic words like elegant or simple, unless that is really what you mean. When choosing

• How far in advance of the wedding will you create the bouquets and arrangements? How are they stored? • Will you preserve my bouquet after the wedding? • Do you deliver? What are your fees? • How far in advance do I need to place my order with you? • What is the deposit required to secure my date?

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• What is your cancellation policy?


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descriptive words, think about how you would describe your gown, venues, or wedding theme.

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Complement your dress, personality and proportions when choosing your bridal bouquet. Here are some basic considerations to factor in before making your final choice. All-white bouquets are the most traditional choice for brides, while the use of color in a bridal bouquet is a beautiful way to express individual personality. Consider using accent flowers in your different wedding colors, or just something bright and fun. Sometimes the scale of your gown can be a guide to the size of the bouquet. A common rule is the bigger the gown, the bigger the bouquet. A simple sheath gown may not be able to hold its own against an overflowing cascade bouquet; however, a ball gown can handle the volume. Consider any embellishments on the front of the dress; you won’t want to obscure the beautiful beading or lace with a large bouquet. When you meet with your floral designer, bring a photo of your gown and ask for suggestions that take into consideration the style and shape of bouquet that’s right for you.

THE AGREEMENT DETAILS Thoroughly discuss your ideas, share your photos and descriptive words, and then give creative control and trust to your designer. A good florist thrives on having the blessing of doing what is best for the look of the arrangement. Keep in mind, they are working with a natural product. Floral pieces may come in different colors, sizes and shapes than planned. Try to be as flexible as possible and believe the floral designer has the best intentions at heart. At the end of the consultation, or shortly thereafter, you should receive a quote of costs. This is not set in stone and nothing is ordered until the contract is signed, so if you want to expand and make something greater, then just let your florist know as soon as possible. Although your flowers will not need to be ordered until a few months before your wedding date, six months is a good timeline to choose your floral vendor and get on the schedule – no matter the size or complexity of the floral designs you may choose. [NDPB]


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SETTING YOUR SITES Discover your theme. The various types of venues are endless, ranging from a hotel ballroom with stunning interior design to rusticchic vineyards. Form a search strategy. Browse through this magazine and use our website to find local venues for your vision.

Inspect the venue. You will want to meet the staff and spend ample time touring the entire facility to ensure that the site’s ambiance will complement the style you have envisioned for your big day. Don’t be afraid to ask questions!

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here to hold your wedding reception is a big decision. Not only does the venue make up a large portion of your budget, but also it sets the scene for your celebration of a lifetime. To help narrow down options, it’s best to have a plan.

BOOKING YOUR VENUE When you have your heart set on a particular venue, you should book it one to two years in advance. If you are flexible on your site – six months to one year ahead is usually sufficient. Remember, Saturday nights and summer holiday weekends are popular for wedding dates and fill up fast. If you’re interested in these times for your celebration, book your venue immediately.

FIRST THINGS FIRST

TIP Most venues require a deposit and will need the balance paid at least one week in advance of the celebration.

Start by creating your vision. Whether it’s from all the pins you’ve gathered or photos you’ve seen in magazines, you will start to see a theme appear. From rustic settings with old-time charm to large event spaces that have a contemporary feel for an expanded guest list, your options of venue styles have limitless opportunity. Next, it’s time to talk about the other “m” word – money. As hard as this may be, it is important to allocate your funds before starting

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Have a phone interview. Ask a few basic questions about your date, prices and guest list. If a venue fits your inital criteria, then book a tour of the site. If you are using a wedding consultant, then go together.


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your wedding arrangements. Although it is a large portion of your budget, you won’t want to spend every penny on your venue to find out that you can’t afford your ideal DJ. Review our budget basics in the back of this book to get started.

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Have an idea of your guest-list numbers. No, this doesn’t have to be the final, set-in-stone list – but it does give you a good idea of how many people you will need to fit into your venue. Sites have maximum capacities; having an estimate of the quantity of guests will allow you to narrow down your list right off the bat.

WHAT TO ASK: • What is included in the price? Are there overtime charges?

You’ll also want to have a time frame in mind, as well. The best suggestion is to start with a season of the year and then pick three dates that work for you, your fiancé and close family and friends involved in the wedding. By having more than one date to choose from, you will be more flexible for venue availability and work schedules.

• What are the gratuity and sales tax to be added to these fees? • When are the deposit and payment due? • What is the cancellation policy? • Are there reduced rates for off-season, off-hours, or off-days? • Are we able to hold the ceremony at the venue? Is there a fee?

LAST BUT NOT LEAST

• Does the facility provide security and additional staff, if needed?

When you are ready to sign on the dotted line, be sure to negotiate your contract. When discussing costs, especially for food and beverages, make sure to get the price inclusive of tax and gratuity. All details of your reception should be written in a contract signed by you and the venue representative. [NDPB]

• What are the fees to decorate the reception site? • Can we decorate the venue ourselves? If so, when are we allowed to set up? What is the tear-down deadline? • Where can our guests park? Are there extra fees? Is there valet parking? • Is there a list of approved vendors? Do you allow outside catering? • Can alcohol be served? AMANDA JOHNSON PHOTOGRAPHY

• Can we bring our own liquor? • Where can the DJ and dance floor be set up at the site? • Are the dance floor, lighting, and sound included in the fee or available to rent? • Are there enough electrical outlets? • How late can the DJ play music? • Are there volume restrictions? • Are we responsible for any additional event insurance?


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Welcome Your Visiting Guests

WHAT TO ASK: • Do I need to host my wedding here to book a block of rooms? • How many rooms can we hold? Is there a minimum? • Is it possible to block my guests’ rooms next to each other? • Is there a time frame to book the rooms in the block? • Will reservations be accepted after the cutoff date at a discount, if there is availability? • What is included in the rates? • Is there a bridal suite? Is it available on my date? • Is there a fee for the rooms not booked? • Is there a minimum number of nights? • How will you let me know who has reserved rooms?

Sometime between making your guest list and ordering your invitations, you will need to make arrangements for your out-of-town guests. No, you won’t need to foot the bill, but securing a couple hotels where your guests can choose to stay is a nice touch as they come to celebrate your wedding day. When you are searching for the hotel, consider more than the price tag. Look at the hotel reviews, staff, amenities and the location in relation to your venue. Most hotels will offer you a better rate if you are blocking a group of rooms. Include the hotel information and a “book-by” date on your invitations for your guests to refer to. Have a welcome bag waiting for your guests when they arrive in their hotel rooms. Some things you may want to consider including in the package are simple things: toiletries, food items (especially locally made), mints and gum. Be sure to include a local tourism publication, maps and written directions to all events that guests are invited to attend. Having a list of close ATMs and gas stations is also a good addition. While it’s not necessarily expected, it is a nice gesture to invite guests who have made the journey to your wedding to attend the rehearsal dinner. For the day of your wedding, assign a friend (someone local) whom guests can contact should questions or needs arise. Hospitality and generosity toward your wedding guests will go a long way to ensure your wedding is a weekend for everyone to remember.

• Will I be working with one person for my event’s room block? • Is there a fee for parking?

• What are the check-in and check-out times? • Will guests have a choice of a single or double room? • Can we access the rooms prior to our guests’ arrival to distribute welcome bags? Can we leave them at the front desk for our guests at check-in?

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• Does your facility offer a shuttle to and from the airport?


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THE OPTIONS Buffets Usually consisting of long tables laden with both hot and cold menu items, buffets give the newlyweds more time to mingle with guests. Plated Service Served individually by professional wait staff, plated meals are great for time-sensitive celebrations and tend to be more formal. Couples mistakenly believe this option to be expensive, but it will depend on what you decide to serve.

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Food Stations These serve-yourself stations are individual tables throughout the room grouped by cuisine keeping the pickiest eater content with options. Family Style For a warm, inviting atmosphere, this style centers around platters placed at each setting that are passed amongst those seated at the table.

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hat you will be serving is an important question to ask when you are choosing your meal. It’s more than flavor; presentation and service are also big on the list to consider. Having your meal catered by a professional assures the details will be taken care of and none of your guests will have to miss out on the party because they are stuck in the kitchen.

THINGS TO REMEMBER The caterer can help you determine the correct amount of food to order so you don’t run out. It’s better to have leftovers than to have some guests without food. Discuss any special dietary needs such as: vegetarian, gluten or sugar-free, or food allergies. To avoid disappointment, schedule a time to test the meal options you decide on beforehand.

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The venue you select will have some impact on the caterer you choose, as some locations require you use their on-site catering service or work within their list of preferred vendors. These vendors will typically include all of the china, flatware, glassware, service, clean up and gratuity in their catering price range.


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A professional caterer will provide incomparable food with an excellent display. Services will usually include preparing the food, packaging it for wedding service, transporting it to the site, preparing the service table and provide staff for serving. Before you choose your meal, do some research on a variety of vendors. Then, determine your preferences and set up an interview. While most caterers can offer a variety of cuisine, there are caterers who specialize in barbecue, ethnic cuisine or vegetarian menus.

CONSIDER THE EXTRAS Is a beautiful banquet table presentation part of your vision? As you can imagine, the more complex the décor and presentation of the food, the more labor hours it will take to create. Increasing the food quality will also result in a higher per-person cost for your reception. If your budget is limited, determine your priorities and spend the bulk of your catering dollars in that area.

BOOKING YOUR CATERER Complete a contract with the caterer that includes the foods selected, services to be provided and the cost. Know the number of servers to be present, hours of service, as well as arrival and departure times. Find out about all deadlines and due dates prior to your agreement for clear communication.

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EXPLORE YOUR OPTIONS Serving your reception in a bar format is a very popular trend that won’t be disappearing any time soon. Popcorn with flavored salts, nut mixtures for a light snack at the tables, a s’mores and a hot chocolate bar with all the fixings for a winter celebration and fruit displays in the summer are just a few of your options. Pair the unique items being served with a themed display and you will have your guests left speechless over the array of tasty options. [NDPB]

The number of wedding guests will define the cake size, as well as how many tiers it should have. Ask how many guests can be served per tier, figuring on one slice per guest. Wedding cakes also include an additional anniversary tier. Adding sheet cakes is an economical option and allows you to serve several flavors. Once you have decided on the flavor of the cake, you will want to start thinking about frosting and fillings. If you need suggestions for the best flavor combinations, ask your baker to share the most frequently ordered flavors.

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Find Your Ride

WHAT TO ASK: • Do you have our date available? • Are you licensed and insured? • What are your rates? What is included (i.e.: mileage, gratuity, and even beverages)? • Do you offer any discounted rates for wedding packages? • When is the payment required? • What are the features and benefits of each option of your service? • Will the vehicle be cleaned beforehand? • Are we reserving the limo for just a few hours or for the day and/or evening? • Will the driver wait for the party through the duration of the event? • When does the clock start? • When do the overtime charges begin? • Do you have a backup vehicle available in case of a breakdown?

Transportation is an important aspect of wedding arrangements. Start by including the cost of your ride in your overall wedding budget and research your local options early to ensure your date will be available for the service you choose. Most couples will provide transportation for their wedding party and both sets of parents the day of the wedding – especially if they are not riding with you from your ceremony site. Typically, the best man is in charge of getting the groom and the other groomsmen to the ceremony site on time. After the ceremony, the groom will then join his bride. If you have several out-of-town guests without their own transportation, consider providing a ride to get them to and from the ceremony and reception locations. Providing a shuttle service is a nice touch and ensures that they won’t be late. It’s a good idea to have cab information or the same shuttle service available to your guests following the reception. This is especially true if alcohol has been served throughout your wedding-day celebration. Talk to several rental companies, and do not book a vehicle or carriage over the phone — ask to see it first to make sure it is what you are looking for. Find out how many people will fit in each vehicle, as it will get uncomfortable when 14 people from your wedding party squeeze into a vehicle meant for 10. Get a written contract outlining all of the details, including the specific vehicles for each purpose and all financial information, including rates, deposits, gratuities, taxes and any other fees. [NDPB]

• What are the features and benefits of each option of your service? • Do you have a beverage license? • Are beverages included in the pricing? • How will the driver be dressed? • Is the driver familiar with the area? • Can we choose our own music? If so, how do we get you the playlist? GLASSER IMAGES

• What is your cancellation/refund policy?


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Bride’s Advice Your wedding is the most magical celebration you may ever throw. Inevitably, with a milestone like a wedding day, you are bound to run into some bumps along the way. Here are a few tips to manage the unexpected issues that arise.

HAVE A BACK-UP PLAN

JUST ROLL WITH IT Plan for what you can: pack a day-of kit and order a little more than you may need. Be sure to stop and focus on what this celebration is all about – you and your fiancé are starting a new chapter together in your lives. No matter what, you will be creating a memory that will last a lifetime.

People get sick, equipment breaks and schedules run late. Some things just can’t be planned for! When talking with your vendors, always talk about a Plan B to put into action, just in case it’s needed on your wedding day.

LET OTHERS HELP

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Don’t be afraid to ask others for help. And when they ask to help, they mean it! Lean on your fiancé, your wedding party, and family and friends to help you prepare for your day. Decorations, set up, vendor check-ins, schedules and take down all can be tasks delegated to someone else.

WEDDING PREP

Emergency Kit Essentials THE BEAUTY SHELF Brush/Comb Bobby Pins Styling Products Cotton Balls Q-Tips Tissues Make-Up Kit Make-Up Remover Baby Powder Hand Mirror Hair Dryer Curling/Flat Irons Ponytail Holder Clear Nail Polish

THE CABINET Deodorant Toothbrush Lotion Dental Floss Breath Mints Tampons Pain Reliever Band-Aids Upset Stomach Remedy Eye Drops Antacids Tweezers Nail File

THE DRAWER Pen Notebook Safety Pins Crazy Glue Extra Button Mini-Sewing Kit Double-Sided Tape Stain Releaser Pen Static-Cling Spray Scissors Lint Roller Extra Earring Backs

THE EXTRAS Bottled Water Energy Drinks Music Cell Phone Charger S  traws (So You Do Not Smudge Your Lipstick) Snacks Lighter Flat Shoes


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QUESTIONS TO ASK: • What type of music is your specialty? • Will you learn new pieces to perform? • May I see/hear a performance? • Can you provide ceremony music? • Are you willing to be the announcer/MC at the reception? • Will you accept from us a playlist of songs to both play and avoid? • Will you accept special requests from our guests during the reception? • How many breaks do you require? What is the time length? • Will you allow us to control the volume? • Have you performed at our venue? Do you require any amplification? • Do you provide your own sound system/ equipment? If not, what will you need? • How much space will you need? • What is the set-up time? • What will the DJ or musicians be wearing? • If you cannot attend last minute, is there a back up DJ/musician lined up? • Is there a time limit or minimum time the band or DJ will play? • What is the payment schedule? • What is your cancellation policy?

You spend months making sure every little detail is set, and now it’s time for a little fun. Follow these tips and work closely with your musician or DJ to ensure an amazing celebration. If your DJ is acting as the master of ceremony, discuss his or her level of involvement and work closely with your vendor in planning to keep your reception on schedule. The best DJs are flexible and quick on their feet if any changes arise. After the formalities of the ceremony, you and your guests are ready to get the party started! Ask your DJ or band for a playlist so as to select songs you would like played at the reception. This is a great way for you to select specific dance music, rather than expecting the DJ to guess your preferred genre. Live music at a wedding celebration is a great touch that can really personalize your event. Musical styles vary, so choose a performer that will best suit your occasion. Instrumentalists are a classical choice and bring a more traditional sound to the ceremony. Vocalists and small ensembles are another great option for the musical ambiance of your wedding day celebration. Set up your entertainment’s section in a location that works best for both you and them, but be sure to consider the sound of the performance in the location you choose. Although most musicians bring with them what they need to perform, ask if they need bottles of water or a certain proximity to outlets. Professional DJs and musicians are knowledgeable and will have quality equipment, including a back-up system to avoid the chance that you could be without music. [NDPB]

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Photo Booth

FUN PHOTO MEMORIES

Capture the moments your guests enjoy at your wedding with a photo booth. Not only will you get to see all the fun your family and friends had on your big day, but also this unique form of entertainment will add instant fun for guests both young and old. Before you book with a professional vendor, here are some tips you may want to consider. Check out the equipment. See what your vendor has to offer and test it out. You’ll want to make sure that the cameras are working and determine how much space you’ll need at your venue to give plenty of room for all the fun. Add some props. The options are endless when you think of fun props! From cut-outs and chalkboard signs to hats, mustaches and glasses – props add an entirely new dynamic to the entertainment. Ask your vendor what is available, or add your own custom props that express your wedding day theme. Dress up the strips. Many photo booth vendors allow the option to customize your photo strips from the booth. This makes a generic memento into a perfect wedding favor for family and friends to remember your big day. You can also arrange the strips into a scrapbook with signatures alongside for a unique guestbook. If you are ready to step outside the box – or rather into one – then this is a great idea for your wedding reception entertainment. A photo booth is an amazingly fun way to ensure that all of your guests will walk away from your event with a smile and a memory they are sure to cherish for years to come. [NDPB]

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PHOTO CHECKLIST Getting Ready Bride’s hair & make-up Bride & mother Groom Bridesmaids Groomsmen

Bridal Party The first look Bride only Bride & groom Groom only Bride with bridesmaids Bride with groomsmen Groom with bridesmaids Groom with groomsmen Ceremony Guests Wedding party Flower girl(s) Ring bearer(s) Groom at the alter Bride walking down the aisle

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More photo checklist items can be found on page 77.

TELL THE STORY You will take a lot of things into consideration when you begin the search for a professional photographer for your wedding day. In addition to looking at the lighting, the angles and the editing, select a photographer that is going to tell your story the way you want to remember it.

TIP Wedding photographers book fast. If you have a certain one in mind, then call right away as some will book a year in advance.

eddings are full of laughs, happy tears and memories you will treasure forever. Fortunately, the right wedding photographer can gorgeously preserve the entire event’s happenings, the emotions of the day and the fun –which you will cherish. One perfect picture can instantly take you back to the happiest day of your life, and one perfect album of images can become your favorite coffee-table book. Do not take a gamble; hire a professional photographer. Invest time in choosing a talented vendor who is a good match for you and your fiancé. Remember, price should not be your sole factor in hiring your photographer; the value of having top-quality pictures will be priceless. Here are simple tips for finding a professional who will capture the event perfectly.

GABRIEL & CARIN PHOTOGRAPHY

Details Bride’s dress Jewelry & accessories Groom’s apparel Flowers Invitations & programs


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FIND YOUR STYLE

GLASSER IMAGES

Determine the photographer’s style. Look through social media pages and websites for a sample of a photographer’s work. Then, decide which style matches the look you’re going for. The photojournalistic style captures little moments, creating candid and spontaneous images that convey the genuine emotion. You will end up with a wide array of shots, some you may not have even witnessed. Traditional, formal photography refers to posed pictures. These usually consist of standard poses, such as the wedding party, the couples’ families, the shots of the bridesmaids with their bouquets, the groom with his parents, and the happy couple gazing into each other’s eyes. Generally, most photographers will have a mix of both styles. Where they begin to differ lies in their editing techniques. Some professionals will apply basic retouches while others will place filters and color corrections on your images. Be sure to look at many galleries and choose the style you like best.

QUESTIONS TO ASK: • Do you have my date available? • How far in advance do I need to book with you? • How long have you been photographing weddings? • How many weddings do you shoot each season? • What is included in your pricing? • Do you charge for travel if my site is out of your area? • How much is the deposit? • Do you offer a payment plan?

SHARE YOUR EXPECTATIONS Open and clear communication is essential to getting the wedding photos you’re counting on. Share your expectations, and never assume that your photographer knows what you want. Vague terms, like “modern,” “close-up” and “artistic” can mean very different things to a bride and her

• How would you describe your style? • Do you have a recent portfolio I can view? • Am I able to give you a list of specific shots we would like? • What information do you need from me on our wedding day? • Will you help us create a wedding day schedule? • Are you going to be the photographer at my wedding? • Do you have a second shooter? • What do you/your photographers wear?

FRENZ FOTOGRAPHY

• How long after the wedding will I get proofs? Will they be viewable online? • What is the ordering process? How long will it take to get them? • What is your cancellation policy?


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photographer. One way to be sure everyone is on the same page is to go through sample shots together, identify ones you like and explain why you chose those particular images. If you have certain images you want to have taken, ask for them and create a shotlist with the vendor you have chosen. Talk with your photographer, and be honest about your expectations. Making a “must-have” list will help ensure that nothing is missed on your wedding day. When you are creating your shotlist, be realistic and understand the timetable you are giving to your photographer. Don’t expect 20 different shots in a five-minute window.

that happens. While one person photographs the bride throwing her bouquet, the second shooter can focus on all the ladies who are diving for it. While one takes family photos, the other can catch details at the reception. While one photographer captures you walking down the aisle, the other can capture your groom’s expression as you meet each other at the alter. An extra photographer provides backup to capture all of the moments constantly happening at weddings. These moments happen all night long. They can’t all be caught, but with two photographers, the odds are pretty good that the big ones won’t be missed. If a second shooter is in your budget, strongly consider it.

COVERING ALL THE ANGLES When looking through your options, consider a wedding package that includes a second shooter. Your photographer cannot be in more than one place at a time. A second camera will help capture all important moments from a different angle and will provide a backup to your main photographer. At every stage of the day, it’s wonderful to have two different perspectives of everything

CREATE A SCHEDULE Your photographer can help you establish a wedding-day schedule, taking into account your photo shotlist. Instead of having the wedding party and family members milling around for several hours waiting for their photo op, give them the schedule showing when they need to be where. [NDPB]

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More tips and ideas

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60 HONEYMOON

VACATION OF A LIFETIME

Plan Your Honeymoon THE PREPARATION Keep your budget Weddings can quickly grow costly, and it’s tempting to short-change your honeymoon. Think about it, though! This is your opportunity to put a pause on life and celebrate the commitment you made to each other. Be realistic when setting your budget, and remember that you will more than likely need extra cash to spend on your vacation for keepsakes and souvenirs. Create a honeymoon registry Growing in popularity is a honeymoon registry. This allows guests to help with your out-of-pocket expenses while also providing an awesome, easy gift to give you for your wedding. Send a note in your save-the-date cards mentioning that you have a honeymoon registry wishlist. Items can include everything from lodging costs to activities you would like to do on your trip. THE RESEARCH Choose your destination Start by writing independent wishlists. Take note of what you would like to see, what you would like to spend time doing and any dream trips you’ve always wanted to go on. Once you’ve made your lists, share them with each other and compare. Will your vacation be relaxing or active? Will it be on a resort or a ship? Planning your trip together will ensure that both of your wishes are met. Look for hidden fees Be aware that “all” doesn’t always mean all. If you are booking a honeymoon on a cruise ship or an all-

inclusive resort, make sure you know exactly what’s included before you make your payment. Double-check transfers, taxes and gratuities, too. THE TRAVEL Prepare beforehand You may know you need your passport, but have you checked your medical needs and vaccination requirements? Some countries have illnesses that we don’t see in the United States, and it is better to be safe than sick on your honeymoon. Balance your activities Mix adventure and relaxation. You will want to explore your destination and participate in exciting activities together. But you will also want time to recharge and soak in the downtime before heading back to reality. Don’t wear yourselves out, but plan enough to avoid boredom. Balance is the key for a perfect honeymoon.


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NORTH DAKAOTA PRAIRIE

Local Vendors BRIDAL SHOWS Dream Day Bridal Show January 28, 2018 Bismarck Event Center dreamdaybridalshow.com

(p. 9)

The Wedding Extravaganza November 5, 2017 Holiday Inn Riverside

(p. 11)

V.I.B. Wedding Show February 19, 2017 Ramada Grand Dakota Hotel

(p. 9)

CATERING Dakota Nuts n Candy 218 N. 4th Street, Bismarck 701-751-7881 DECOR, EVENT PLANNING & RENTALS Bismarck RentAll 1356 Airport Road, Bismarck 701-250-1123 From Heart & Hand Weddings and Events 701-748-6630 fromheartandhandevents.com Harvest Events Managed by Signature Events 701-226-1640

(p. 43)

FLOWERS 3rd Avenue Floral & Greenhouse (Back Cover) 1110 3rd Ave. West, Dickinson 701-483-8854 3rdavenuefloral.com Bismarck Floral & Greenhouse 1400 Airport Road, Bismarck 701-255-3312 bismarckfloral.net

(p. 34)

Ken’s Flower Shop 531 Airport Road, Ste. A, Bismarck 701-255-1130 or 800-752-5367 kensflowershop.com

(p. 34)

Meiers Floral, Inc. 701-629-2221 Roberts Floral & Gift 201 N. 8th Street, Bismarck 701-258-8311

(p. 1) (p. 35)

(p. 31)

(p. 31)

(p. 13)

Simple Elegance 701-202-8038 simplelegance.net

(p. 30)

Stylish Events 701-770-0503 stylisheventsnd.com

(p. 30)

GIFTS, FAVORS & REGISTRY Cooks on Main 224 Main Street, Williston 701-572-2665 cooksonmain.com Roberts Floral & Gift 201 N. 8th Street, Bismarck 701-258-8311

(p. 15)

(p. 35)

HAIR & BEAUTY Broadway Centre Spa & Salon (p. 21) 100 W. Broadway Avenue, Bismarck 701-425-0990 broadwaycentrespaandsalon.com


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HONEYMOON Graff Travel 701-258-0472

(p. 61)

JEWELRY & ACCESSORIES Riddle’s Jewelry (p. Inside Back) Multiple Store Locations riddlesjewelry.com PHOTOGRAPHY Amanda Johnson Photography 701-361-4811 amandajohnsonphotos.com Frenz Fotography 716-444-4297 frenzfotography.com

(p. 58)

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Gabriel & Carin Photography (Inside Front) gabrielandcarin.com Glasser Images 701-250-2190 glasserimages.com

(p. 57)

Kat Weinert Photography 701-567-6635 katweinertphotography.com

(p. 56)

Krystal Kester Photography 118 3rd Avenue West, Dickinson 701-260-6089 krystalkester.com

(p. 59)

PhotoStudio by Arlien Design 701-202-0916 arliendesign.com PHOTO BOOTH RENTAL DY Photo Booth 701-221-0529 dyphotobooth.com

(p. 3)

(p. 47)

RECEPTION VENUES (p. 27) Buffalo Gap Guest Ranch 3100 Buffalo Gap Road, Sentinel Butte 701-623-4200 buffalogapguestranch.com Carnegie Center 105 2nd Avenue SE, Minot 701-839-1993

(p. 27)

Holiday Inn Riverside 2200 Burdick Expwy East, Minot 701-852-2504

(p. 41)

Sleep Inn & Suites 2400 10th Street SW, Minot 701-837-0101

(p. 41)

TRANSPORTATION Executive Limousine Services, LLC 701-333-8068 or 701-663-0377 executivelimousineservicesllc.com

(p. 5)

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64 WRAP-UP

FROM MISS TO MRS. Now that you’ve had some time to catch up with all the thank you letters and updates are scattered across all of your social media, you can start taking the steps to change your name. There are many different people to contact, so here are the steps to get you there with ease. Have a copy First things first, make sure you have your original marriage license – or a certified copy to confirm that you are married. It will make your life easier when taking the next steps. Your new license If you change your name, then you will need a new driver’s license. This process is fairly easy; just follow the DMV’s instructions. Plan accordingly, because it may take a while to get your new ID. Update your documents Next up is Social Security. You’ll keep your number, but will need to update your name. Remember you will need to update your passport, as well. Change your accounts With your new driver’s license and social security card, the other changes should be fairly easy. Some places you will want to notify are: your bank, employers, post office and insurance companies.

The wedding is over, but you will need to take care of a few more things before leaving for your honeymoon and turning your dream day into a memory. Plan the wrap-up details with your family, friends and fiancé before your wedding celebration. This will make it possible to have everything in order before scrambling after your celebration to get things returned, cleaned and packaged. Here are a few things you will need to add to your wedding-wrap up task list. If you have rentals, such as tables, chairs, linens, or décor, then designate a family member or friend to gather them and return the items on the first business day following your wedding. Check your contract for cleaning instruction. If your groom’s and groomsmen’s suits were rented, these will also need to be returned. Oftentimes, policies require that all rentals be returned the next day. (Check your contract for specific details.) Make certain to check pockets for any personal items including keys, credit cards or cash and mints or gum. Many reception venues give couples the opportunity to gather personal items, such as picture frames, guest books and centerpieces, on the day following a wedding. If that is a possibility with your venue, you can avoid the worry of packing the car after a night of celebration. This arrangement can contribute to a stress-free wedding night. However, you should still make a list of other, normally disposable décor items that you would like to keep. Ask a family member or friend to collect them before leaving the wedding. This will allow helpers or vendors to toss any remaining items during normal clean-up.

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4 to 6 Months Ahead

Submit engagement announcement on NDPrairieBride.com Take engagement photos Think about the style of wedding you want­–formal or informal, big or small–and the season it will take place S  et budget Hire wedding coordinator, if desired Compile guest list and organize addresses Finalize wedding date and time Choose color, theme, and size of wedding Reserve ceremony and reception sites C  hoose attendants Order dress and accessories, including veil and shoes Book officiant Book caterer Book florist Book music for ceremony and reception Book photographer and videographer Meet with clergy or officiant for pre-marital counseling requirements and begin classes, if appropriate Arrange transportation for the wedding day Book honeymoon, apply for passport if needed Send save-the-dates, if using Set up honeymoon registry

 eserve rental equipment, such as R tables, chairs and tents Order stationery, including invitations, and thank you notes Register for gifts/honeymoon Purchase wedding rings and arrange engraving, if needed Purchase or reserve groom’s attire Choose attendants’ attire Help mothers choose their dresses Book hair, nail and makeup appointments Order wedding cake Choose favors Book a room for wedding night Reserve accommodations for out-of-town guests Sign up for dance lessons

2 to 4 Months Ahead

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­6 Months or More Ahead

WEDDING TIMELINE

 elect songs for ceremony, dinner S and dances Finalize details with florist, DJ, photographer, caterer Finalize menu with caterer Discuss service with officiant Choose readings for ceremony Try out makeup and hairstyle Schedule a session with your videographer to film video for the rehearsal dinner/reception Mail invitations Finalize honeymoon details

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Have final dress-fitting with shoes, accessories, and lingerie Have fittings for tuxedos and attendants’ dresses Submit list of must-take shots to photographer and videographer Follow up on missing RSVPs Arrange seating chart and place cards Create wedding-day schedule; share with wedding party and vendors Notify caterer of final guest count Find out where your guests will be staying, if you plan to deliver welcome bags to their rooms

1 Week Ahead

 ick up dress P Pick up rings Write rehearsal dinner and wedding toasts Finalize seating plan Get manicure and pedicure Pack for honeymoon Write thank you notes as you receive gifts Verify transportation to and from ceremony

Day Before

Buy guest book, unity candle, toasting glasses, cake knife and server, flower girl/ring bearer accessories Confirm ceremony details Prepare printed program for ceremony Schedule rehearsal time and rehearsal dinner Invite wedding party and guests to rehearsal dinner Complete documents for change of legal name and address, if needed Obtain marriage license, and request certified copies Pick up rings and check engraving Confirm details with the florist, caterer, entertainers, and officiant Buy gifts for attendants, flower girl, ring bearer, fiancĂŠ(e), parents

 eliver out-of-town guest gift baskets D to hotel Attend ceremony rehearsal Hold rehearsal dinner and give gifts to wedding party Prepare tip envelopes and arrange for someone to distribute them

Wedding Day

2 Weeks Ahead

1 to 2 Months Ahead

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Eat breakfast Get hair and makeup done Get dressed Relax and enjoy the day Give your vows to your Maid of Honor Exchange a note/gift with your groom

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SHARING THE COSTS The most useful approach for a bride and groom to take with their families is to be communicative, realistic, and courteous. Weddings are expensive and there are times when tradition should bow to practicality. Below is the traditional division of expenses. Bride’s Family • Invitations, announcements, and postage • Bride’s wedding attire and trousseau • Cost of the ceremony, including rental of sanctuary, chapel or other facility, organist, soloist and sexton fees, aisle carpets, flowers, and any additional decorating costs • Bridesmaids’ bouquets • Cost of the reception, including food, wedding cake, beverages, flowers, decorations, music, rental equipment and gratuities for bartenders and waiters • Engagement and wedding photographs • Transportation • Wedding gift for the newlyweds • Wedding consultant • Any welcome parties for out-of-town guests Bride • Groom’s ring • Gift for the groom • Gifts for her attendants • Lodging for her out-of-town attendants (optional) • Bridesmaids’ luncheon • Gift for parents

Groom’s Family • Their own wedding attire • Wedding gift for the newlyweds • Rehearsal dinner • Their travel expenses and hotel bills • Shipment of wedding gifts to the bridal couple’s new home Groom • Bride’s engagement and wedding rings • Gift for the bride • Marriage license • Fee for officiant • Gifts for best man, groomsmen, and ushers • Bridal bouquet and going-away corsage • Boutonnières for all men in wedding party • Mothers’ and Grandmothers’ corsages • Lodging for out-of-town attendants (optional) • Honeymoon • Bachelors’ dinner (optional) • Gift for parents Attendants and Ushers • Their wedding attire selected by the bride • Travel expenses and lodging • Parties for the bride and groom • Wedding gift for the couple

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BUDGET DEVELOPMENT Developing a realistic wedding budget is essential and should be one of the first things you do. Keep your budget in mind so that you will be able to make the right decisions throughout the process. Below are a few questions you may want to discuss before developing your final budget. Once you decide on your priorities, this list will guide you in setting your budget. Once your budget is set, stick to it by using our handy budget worksheets (starting on the adjacent page) to keep you on task. Overall Budget How much do you want to spend? Are the necessary funds available? What is the size of wedding party? How many guests will be invited?

Entertainment 4% Will you have an orchestra, band or musician at the ceremony? Band, DJ or both for your reception? What other sort of entertainment will be needed?

Ceremony, Reception 45% Where will you hold each? Indoor or outdoor? Church or other venue? Reception formal or casual? Ballroom or hall?

Floral & Décor 12% Are the flowers you are wanting in season? Who will have flowers out of your wedding party, family and friends? Will you use flowers for your cake and décor? How far in advance do you need your flowers? Are you wanting to preserve your bouquet? Will you need to rent tables, chairs, linens, etc? Are you going to be purchasing tablescape materials and décor?

Food, Catering, and Wedding Cake (included in Reception percentages) Is the caterer independent of your venue? Sit-down service or buffet? Will appetizers be served during cocktail hour? Will there be alcohol? Full bar or limited to beer, champagne and wine? Do you want a custom-designed cake or something smaller with sheet cake service? Attire 8% Do you want a designer gown or off-the-rack? Will you purchase or rent formalwear? Photography, Video 18% What style do you prefer, posed or photojournalistic? Do you want a leather-bound photo book or something less expensive? What style of videography do you want? How many copies of the video will be needed? Transportation 2% How will you travel from your venues? Will you provide rented transportation for the entire wedding party? Does your venue require valet parking or shuttle service?

Stationery 3% Are you looking for a certain color, paper type, font or ink? How much text would you like to include? Are you going to include a picture or graphic on your save-the-date card or announcement? Custom-designed or just customized stationery? Will you be mailing your invitations? How many guests will need invites? Will you be ordering programs, table placeholders, signs and thank yous? Invitations Letterpress or printed? What inserts will be required with the invitations? Honeymoon 8% Will you be leaving the country and need an updated passport? Have received all your proper vaccinations? Are you going to have a professional create your travel itinerary? Would you prefer an adult-only resort? Will you work with a travel agent? Do you have all the gear you need for your trip?


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BUDGET MANAGEMENT Wedding Rings Engagement ring __________________ Bride’s ring __________________ Groom’s ring __________________ subtotal __________________

Photography Photographer’s fee __________________ Engagement portrait __________________ Wedding album __________________ Parents’ albums __________________ Additional prints __________________ subtotal __________________

Attire Bride’s dress __________________ Headpiece and veil __________________ Music Bride’s shoes __________________ Ceremony music __________________ Lingerie, hosiery, garter __________________ Cocktail-hour music __________________ Jewelry and accessories __________________ Reception music (DJ) __________________ Hair, makeup, manicure __________________ subtotal __________________ Dress preservation __________________ Groom’s tuxedo or suit __________________ Stationery Groom’s shoes __________________ Save-the-date cards __________________ Groom’s accessories __________________ Invitations and envelopes __________________ subtotal __________________ Map inserts __________________ Announcements __________________ Ceremony and Reception Response cards __________________ Ceremony location fee __________________ Thank-you notes __________________ Officiant fee __________________ Ceremony programs __________________ Organist / musicians / soloist __________________ Calligraphy / addressing __________________ Marriage license __________________ Postage __________________ Aisle runner, decorations __________________ Place cards __________________ Candles, misc. __________________ Printed napkins __________________ Reception location fee __________________ subtotal __________________ Catering fee __________________ Cake __________________ Transportation Bar __________________ Limousine or carriage __________________ Decorations __________________ Guest transportation __________________ Rentals __________________ subtotal __________________ Tips __________________ subtotal __________________

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Flowers Gifts, Favors, and Extras Ceremony __________________ Maid of honor’s gift __________________ __________________ Alter / church Bridesmaids’ gifts __________________ Bride’s bouquet __________________ Best man’s gift __________________ Bouquet preservation __________________ Groomsmen’s gifts __________________ Attendant’s bouquets __________________ Bride’s parents’ gifts __________________ Flower girl accessories __________________ Groom’s parents’ gifts __________________ Mothers’ corsages __________________ Flower girl __________________ Boutonnières __________________ Ring bearer __________________ Favors __________________ subtotal __________________ Ring pillow __________________ Guest book __________________ Reception Cake knife / server __________________ Cake table __________________ Toasting glasses __________________ Buffet table __________________ subtotal __________________ Head table __________________ __________________ Centerpieces Rehearsal Dinner Decorating __________________ Site rental __________________ subtotal Caterer __________________ Taxes and gratuities __________________ Helpers (total): Other __________________ __________________ Wedding coordinator Bridesmaid’s luncheon __________________   Cake-cutting / subtotal __________________ gift-table attendant(s) __________________   Guest book attendant __________________ Videography __________________   Officiant Videographer fee __________________   Soloists / musicians __________________ Extra copies of video __________________ subtotal __________________ subtotal __________________ Honeymoon Transportation Accommodations Daily budget

__________________ __________________ __________________

Total __________________

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COMPARE RECEPTION VENUES Where to hold your reception is one of the most complex decisions to make. Use this comparison chart to help you decide what your priorities are, and how the cost will enter into your overall plan.

Amenities Available Formal / informal dĂŠcor Decorating restrictions Distance from ceremony Disabled access Capacity Air conditioned Dance floor / stage Sound system / piano Head table # of guest tables / chairs Guest book table Gift table Cake table Linens China, flatware Stemware / glassware Wedding coordinator Catering service Wait staff Bar / bartender Champagne cost Corkage fee Cake-cutting charge Clean-up charge Adequate or valet parking Other Head count deadline Hours available Early set-up availability Taxes and gratuity Deposit amount Deposit deadline Final payment deadline EST. COST TO BUDGET

1:

2: 3:


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PAYMENT RECORD Date

Payment Made To

Amount

Method/Check #

Balance Due

Date Due

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CEREMONY DETAILS Details of your ceremony will express who you are. Use this page to record all of the vendors you have selected to make your ceremony the one of your dreams. Date ______________________Time________Location____________________________________________________________ Officiant__________________________________________________________________ Officiant fee_______________________ Address___________________________________________________________________ Phone_____________________________ Rehearsal date___________________________________________________________ Rehearsal time____________________ Rehearsal dinner location________________________________________________ Reservation time__________________ Number of guests____________________________________________________________________________________________ Site requirements____________________________________________________________________________________________ Seating capacity______________________________________________________________________________________________ Site fee___________________________________________________________________ Other fees________________________

Services: Photographer____________________________________________________________ Phone ____________________________ Videographer_____________________________________________________________ Phone_____________________________ Florist____________________________________________________________________ Phone_____________________________ Decorator________________________________________________________________ Phone_____________________________ Wedding coordinator____________________________________________________ Phone_____________________________ Transportation___________________________________________________________ Phone_____________________________ Music: Soloist____________________________________________________________________ Phone_____________________________ Soloist____________________________________________________________________ Phone_____________________________ Musician__________________________________________________________________ Phone_____________________________ Musician__________________________________________________________________ Phone_____________________________ Processional Song____________________________________________________________________________________________ Recessional Song_____________________________________________________________________________________________


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RECEPTION DETAILS Use this page to record all of the vendors you have selected to help make your reception a party. It’s your first celebration as husband and wife – so make it great. Venue: Location__________________________________________________________________ Seating capacity__________________ Address___________________________________________________________________ Phone_____________________________ Manager______________________________________________________________________________________________________ Rental cost_______________________________________________________________ Deposit___________________________ Final payment due date__________________________________________________ Equipment rental fee_____________ Date / time room is available for decorating_____________________________ Tables and chairs provided

Yes

No 

Quantity needed __________________

Linens provided

Yes

No 

Quantity needed __________________

Clean-up requirements______________________________________________________________________________________ Food: Caterer___________________________________________________________________ Phone_____________________________ Meal description_____________________________________________________________________________________________ Baker_____________________________________________________________________ Phone_____________________________ Cake description_____________________________________________________________________________________________ Entertainment: DJ / Band_________________________________________________________________ Cost_______________________________ Contact person___________________________________________________________ Phone_____________________________ Arrival time_______________________________________________________________ Hours of music____________________ Songs: Father / daughter dance__________________________________________________ Mother / son dance_______________ First dance________________________________________________________________ Parents’ dance____________________ Throwing bouquet________________________________________________________ Garter toss________________________ Wedding party dance_____________________________________________________ Dollar or traditional dance________ Last dance________________________________________________________________ Other_____________________________


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BRIDAL PARTY

SEQUENCE OF EVENTS

Attendants Name:_____________________________________________

Wedding Day

Phone:_____________________________________________

6:00 am:

E-mail:_____________________________________________ Name:_____________________________________________

7:00 am: 8:00 am:

Phone:_____________________________________________ 9:00 am: E-mail:_____________________________________________ 10:00 am: Name:_____________________________________________ Phone:_____________________________________________ E-mail:_____________________________________________ Name: _____________________________________________

11:00 am: NOON: 1:00 pm:

Phone:_____________________________________________

2:00 pm:

E-mail:_____________________________________________

3:00 pm:

Name:_____________________________________________

4:00 pm:

Phone:_____________________________________________

5:00 pm:

E-mail:_____________________________________________

6:00 pm:

Name:_____________________________________________ Phone:_____________________________________________ E-mail:_____________________________________________

7:00 pm: 8:00 pm: 9:00 pm:

Name:_____________________________________________ 10:00 pm: Phone:_____________________________________________ 11:00 pm: E-mail:_____________________________________________ Name:_____________________________________________ Phone:_____________________________________________ E-mail:_____________________________________________

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PHOTOGRAPHY CHECKLIST Bride’s Photos F  ull Length Back of dress Bouquet With both parents With parents separately W  ith grandparents W  ith siblings With maid / matron of honor With all attendants W  ith groomsmen With flower girl and ring bearer Pre-Wedding Bride getting ready Bride putting on veil Candid shots of bride preparing Groom getting ready Attendants getting ready Front of ceremony location Guests arriving and being seated Groom’s Photos F  ull length With both parents With parents separately W  ith grandparents W  ith siblings With best man With all attendants W  ith bridesmaids Bride and Groom Photos Bride and groom together With each set of parents With entire wedding party Close-up of hands displaying rings Signing the marriage certificate Ceremony Musicians / Vocalists Attendants waiting to enter Parents being seated Candids of parents Attendants walking down aisle Child attendants walking down aisle Groom coming down the aisle Clergy, groom and best man at altar Bride and father walking down aisle Father giving bride’s hand to groom V  ow exchange

Ring ceremony Candids of bride’s / groom’s faces Unity candle ceremony Groom kissing the bride Recessional Guests throwing seeds, petals, etc. Reception Guests signing guest book Place cards, favors Centerpieces, place settings Bride and groom listening to toasts Candids throughout room Bride and groom’s first dance Bride-and-father dance Groom-and-mother dance Guests dancing Cake, cake table Cake cutting Bouquet toss Garter removal and toss Departure vehicle Newlyweds departing Videography Checklist Bride leaving home Guests arriving at ceremony Wedding party preparing Ceremony Guests leaving Guests arriving reception Announcing of newlyweds and party Toasts First dance Guests dancing Cake cutting Bouquet and garter toss Bride and groom with individual guests Bride and groom leaving Other

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TO-DO CHECKLIST Wedding Day Attire Bride: Gown (be sure it is pressed) Headpiece and veil Lingerie (bra, bustier, slip, petticoat) Hosiery and garter S  hoes Jewelry and accessories Wrap / jacket G  loves Groom: Coat, shirt, vest, trousers N  eckwear Cuff links Socks and shoes Don’t Forget R  ings M  arriage license Ring bearer’s pillow F  lower girl’s basket Wedding programs Cake knife and server T  oasting glasses F  avors Guest book and pen Unity candle To pay officiant and vendors Assign someone to collect and transport gifts

Honeymoon Airline tickets (note flight number and departure / arrival times) Cruise tickets (note cabin number and departure / arrival times) Resort / Hotel (address, phone and confirmation numbers) Passports / Visas Digital camera Credit cards / travelers checks Medicines / prescriptions Extra contacts or glasses Toiletries Electrical plug adapters Travel iron / steamer Cell phone When Updating Your Name Auto registration Bank and credit card accounts Car insurance Credit reporting agencies Deeds / titles Driver’s license Employee records Investment accounts / stock certificates Life insurance Medical / dental records Memberships Passport Post Office Social Security Tax agencies (federal, state, local) Voter registration Wills / trusts

NOTES ______________________________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________________________


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